Deanna Morrison-Caviness, who is accused of embezzling city funds in 2007, pleaded not guilty through her attorney in Cherokee County District Court Monday.

She is represented by Edward Battatori of Pittsburg. The case being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Steven A. Karrer.

District Court Judge Oliver Kent Lynch is presiding over the case.

A status conference/plea hearing has been set for 1 p.m. Dec. 20 in the Cherokee County Courthouse.

Morrison-Caviness allegedly stole nearly $30,000 from the coffers of the City of Columbus while an employee in the the City Clerk‘s office.

The missing money was discovered after Morrison-Caviness left the city. Morrison-Caviness had worked for the city for seven years, and left in 2009.

An initial investigation found $1,400 was missing. A subsequent audit found $29,500 missing. The money was covered under insurance and the city was reimbursed nearly the full amount.